Truths About Spiritual Laws #8: God’s Judgments or Consequences
Read this excerpt from Steve Backlund’s Divine Strategies for Increase about a key spiritual law.
“Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galations 6:7)
The Bible speaks a great deal about justice and judgment. The Old Testament, especially, is full of verses and stories that illustrate the blessing of the righteous and the judgment of the unrighteous. What should we conclude about this? Is this an angry God punishing people and nations with judgment when they displease Him? Does He use fear of punishment as the primary motivating force to get us to behave? Is our Heavenly Father like an abusive parent with anger issues that may erupt at any time in destruction and death?
Before we consider these questions, it is important to remember that justice does demand judgment of sin. In the Old Testament, God’s wrath was directed at people and nations who were disobedient. However, everything changed when He placed all of His wrath on Jesus at the cross. “But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus took our judgment and offers us His abundant life in exchange. We receive this through faith in Him.
Even though God poured out His wrath on Jesus, there are still apparent judgements on people and nations today. Why? Space does not allow a thorough discussion of this, but the question for me boils down to this: Should these events be called judgments (punishment) or consequences? I have concluded we are to primarily see them as consequences. It is similar to the dynamics that exist when a parent disciplines a child. In healthy parenting, it is the actions and choices of the child that create the discomfort and restriction of freedom, not the anger of the parent.
Just as a child reaps what he sows, so can we today. Whenever there is a persistent violation of spiritual laws, the protection and blessing over a person, family line, region or naion begins to lift. This lessening of spirutal protection allows increased disasters, poverty and control by others. This has been true throughout history (before Moses, during the Old Covenant and now in the New Covenant). Yes, the spiritual laws of inheritance, faith and blessing can supersede the law of sowing and reaping, but we would be foolish to not believe that our relationship to the laws of the spirit plays a significant role in the amount of blessing and protection that is experienced. The people of Nineveh (see Jonah) blessing and protection that is experienced. The people of Nineveh (see Jonah 3:1-10) understood this. They believed the prophet and reversed the curse of destruction through humility, prayer, seeking God and renouncing godless choices. Just as they did, so can we! Praise the Lord.
DIVINE STRATEGIES FOR INCREASE
by Steve Backlund
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord . . . and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).
The laws of the spirit are more real than the natural laws. Just as the law of gravity can work for us or against us, so do God’s spiritual laws.
God’s laws primarily are principles to release blessing, not rules to be obeyed to gain right standing with God. The Psalmist talks of one whose prime delight is in the law of the Lord. This person not only discovers how to cheerfully make life-changing deposits into the spirit realm, but, more importantly, how to find new aspects of the nature of God (hidden in each law) to behold and worship. The end result of this delighting is a transformed life that prospers in every endeavor. His experience can be our experience, and this book unlocks the blessings hidden in the spiritual realm.
It is time for the church to become aware of the powerful realm of the spirit and the laws that are at work within that realm.